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    Drive Shaft Replacement at 115k miles
    on: Jan 09, 2023, 03.31 pm
    Jan 09, 2023, 03.31 pm
    I had the driveshaft replaced on my 2015 in preparation for this year's Iron Butt Rally.  Whew, I'm glad that I did.  The rear u-joint and the splines looked great and functioned as expected.  The front u-joint, not so much.  It was practically frozen and required a lot of effort to get the joint to move.  I expect that it would have failed completely in the next few thousand miles.

    I'm very happy that I got over 100k miles out of the drive shaft.  It says a lot about the reliability of this bike.  I post this as a reminder to all that the shaft is not an infinite item and should be examined if you are hitting some higher mileage numbers.  Yeah, it is a $400 part but a proactive replacement can save a whole lot more.
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    Re: Drive Shaft Replacement at 115k miles
    Reply #1 on: Jan 16, 2023, 07.32 pm
    Jan 16, 2023, 07.32 pm
    Here is a short video of the driveshaft condition.

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    Re: Drive Shaft Replacement at 115k miles
    Reply #2 on: Jan 16, 2023, 09.46 pm
    Jan 16, 2023, 09.46 pm
    Thanks for that information. You're right, it's one more maintenance plan to take into account when making revisions, since the plastic bowl of the transmission shaft (cardan) has some grooves where stones and dirt from the roads get into it. Clean its interior and insert grease in the cardan crosshead. From experience, a few months ago the transmission shaft (cardan) broke when I was driving at 135 kilometers per hour.
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    Re: Drive Shaft Replacement at 115k miles
    Reply #3 on: Jan 19, 2023, 10.57 pm
    Jan 19, 2023, 10.57 pm
    *Originally Posted by tdragger [+]
    I had the driveshaft replaced on my 2015 in preparation for this year's Iron Butt Rally.  Whew, I'm glad that I did.  The rear u-joint and the splines looked great and functioned as expected.  The front u-joint, not so much.  It was practically frozen and required a lot of effort to get the joint to move.  I expect that it would have failed completely in the next few thousand miles.

    I'm very happy that I got over 100k miles out of the drive shaft.  It says a lot about the reliability of this bike.  I post this as a reminder to all that the shaft is not an infinite item and should be examined if you are hitting some higher mileage numbers.  Yeah, it is a $400 part but a proactive replacement can save a whole lot more.

    Be thankful you don't own a BMW.  My riding buddy had to replace 2 driveshafts on his new R1200RT ( at 5K miles and at 115K miles).  He "spun" the first one and the second time it was a complete u-joint failure while he was doing about 65 mph and when he slowed down to about 25 mph,  the rear wheel locked up.  The first was covered under warranty.  The second one was over $1200 for the part alone.

    BTW,  I bought a used Trophy driveshaft off EBay for about $45. Good insurance IMO.



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